On the 21st of January, millions of people around the world marched together to raise their voices. We must pay respect to our women who with this march must be remembered in history. The beauty of this march is the inclusiveness of the march including women and men of all races and genders. The main event in Washington outnumbered the attendance of the inauguration according to official facts not the ‘alternative facts’. This is a global message.
With a campaign based on misogyny, racism, and the re-emergence of ‘alt-right’ nationalism, it is clear to see Trump’s victory in America indicates the underlying tensions in our world. In a sense Trump as a character reflects the narcissistic and patriarchal system we live in ruled by big business and an infatuation with power. Having Donald Trump as a President is an existential threat to our society, but the way to respond is to act existentially.
The Future is female; three females started the international activist group Black Lives Matter
This sense of misogyny clearly stems from the lack of skilled secure jobs, which Trump looks to bring back whilst destroying the planet, another thing he is up to. Men lacking employment due to globalisation and the rise of further industrialisation were having an identity crisis and blamed identity politics. The rise of women’s rights movements undermines the social status of men who wish things would return to the ‘good ol’ days’. No, we do not want a return to the old days; the Women’s March indicates a move towards the future, of inclusive politics. As our technology advances, we must use the powers of globalisation to fight against this global system of oppression.
As a man, I have learnt a considerable amount about feminism just by talking to my girlfriend and those around me. Feminism can also help us; we are being marginalised by the expectations of what it is to be a man. This system of patriarchy has created a sense of competition, which has not only ruined our traditional politics, but also many of our grassroots movements. This thirst for dominance has unfortunately become part of the male psyche, and is prevalent in many parts of our daily lives. We must acknowledge that we have failed to deliver on a message of unity as clear as the Women’s march, now it is our turn to follow and help our mothers and sisters as they lead the fight with us and for us.
The Future is female; three females started the international activist group Black Lives Matter. And despite, contrary opinion, this march, shows us Women are leaders. The Women’s march put forward a path of a new type of politics, a ‘leaderful’ movement filled with different agendas but one vision and passion for change. Formerly jailed revolutionary Angela Davies called for ‘1,459 days of resistance’.
This is our democracy, the only way to participate is not just through voting, it is through taking to the streets not just to voice your anger with the decision-makings of our political leaders and our system, which hinders and oppresses the many. It is about spreading the debate and a culture of learning about different people’s struggles. As humans we all crave connection, protesting should also be a joyous moment, where we all feel a part of something. Chemically, our brain releases serotonin when we feel significant or important. In order to galvanise people, the Women’s March indicated, through this innate feelings people of all kinds, in different cities across the world coming together to fight against misogyny, racism and homophobia.
In moments like this we must stand up and be counted.
The argument against protesting is this inability to create real change. This is the political notion of the centrist. This school of thought has clearly failed us. As a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, politics should be about a lot more than the ability to win, it should encompass the ability for the public to voice different opinions and frustrations. The Women’s March marks a historical moment, which should not be attacked for its political hopelessness rather praised for it’s political vision.
As the youth of today we do more to stop this sense of ‘couch potato’ politics, where we are active on social media and have avid discussions about the world. In moments like this we must stand up and be counted. The lack of protests in University cities has indicated a slight loss of the political spirit of University. We need to organise events like this not just for our sense of worth, but to show solidarity with our fellow human beings of all struggles across the world. It is easy to say it is not our problem, but only when we acknowledge each other’s problem will we come to a greater understanding of our own problems.
Words by Ayo Fagbemi